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December 18, 2013

Faces of Fauquier: She welcomes lots of visitors

Photo/Cassandra Brown
“I like everything — all of the local events, the parades,” says Becky Crouch, a Fauquier resident since 1977.
We have access to the mountains and we are not too far from the ocean. We are so close to the nation’s capital. Fauquier has so much history. If you have a specialty you are looking for, it is probably here in Fauquier County.
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As manager of the Warrenton Fauquier Visitor Center, she becomes the first person many people meet here.

“It’s a valuable service to the people, and we are here to help them,” Becky Crouch said. “I think we are one of the best-kept secrets in town. There are a lot of people who don’t know we are here.”

The brick visitor center stands along Calhoun Street, behind the Mosby Museum in Old Town Warrenton.

Catering to a visitor’s interests, Mrs. Crouch provides guidance and knowledge about everything from events to restaurants and local attractions.

“There is a degree of teaching involved with this job, for instance, when someone asks for directions. There is an art to giving and receiving directions,” she explained.

As resident of Fauquier for 36 years, Mrs. Crouch enjoys the community’s friendly, welcoming nature.

“I like living in a small town where you can walk down the street and see people you know. In a small community you watch out for everyone.”

• Age

• Home

• Work
Manager of the Warrenton Fauquier Visitor Center since 2006. She has been involved in the local tourism business since 1994, when the town and the county opened the first visitor center on Keith Street.

I assess places to visit around the county and try to cater to a visitor’s demographic.

• Why you do the job?
It’s a valuable service to the people and we are here to help them. I’m a people person! I like to meet people and I get to meet different people every day.

I think we are one of the best-kept secrets in town. There are a lot of people who don’t know we are here.

We try to have a good cross-section of brochures for the state and county. I want visitors to have a good experience and come back for a second visit.

• Family
Husband, Ron; two adult daughters, Caroline and Emily, and four grandchildren.

• Education
Bachelor’s degree in math education from North Carolina Wesleyan College, 1968.

• Civic involvement
I’m a lifetime Girl Scout. I am a resource and mentor to Girl Scouts and troop leaders in Fauquier County. I help them raise funds and put together activities such as caroling and collecting food for food banks. I was a Girl Scout troop leader for 12 years.

• How long have you lived in Fauquier?
Since 1977 — 36 years.

• Why do you live here?

Well, we moved here originally because we could afford it. We have made it home and we have no plans to leave.

• How do you describe this county?
It’s very diverse. The diversity is one of its richest assets. Location-wise, it is a real asset as well. We have access to the mountains and we are not too far from the ocean. We are so close to the nation’s capital. Fauquier has so much history. If you have a specialty you are looking for, it is probably here in Fauquier County.

It is well-maintained and the population is very welcoming.

• What would you change about Fauquier?
Well I have seen a lot of changes in Fauquier over the years. I wouldn’t change anything about it.

• What do you do for fun?

I’m involved with the Girl Scouts and I enjoy visiting my grandchildren. My husband and I are really avid sports fans. We are Virginia Tech football season ticket holders and we go a lot of the games. We go to local games to support the kids in our neighborhood.

• What’s your favorite place in Fauquier?

I like everything — all of the local events, the parades. The Fauquier Community Theatre is great. There is so much diversity here, from the Flying Circus to steeplechasing, it is difficult to choose.

• What will Fauquier be like in 10 years?

I think there will be a small percentage of growth. The larger percentages of growth have already occurred.

• Favorite TV show?
“The Amazing Race.” I love seeing the different countries.
“NCIS” and “CSI Miami”

• Favorite movie?
“The Sound of Music” with Julie Andrews

• Favorite book?
I don’t really have a favorite book because I don’t do much reading.

• Favorite vacation spot?
I like taking cruises. One year we went to Panama on a cruise for Christmas.

• Favorite food?

I like chocolate and cookies.

• What is the best advice you have ever received? From whom?

I can’t think of any right now that I have received, but if I would give advice, it would be, “It’s more blessed to give than to receive,” and “It takes a friend to be a friend.” I’ve found these sayings from famous people.

• Who is your hero and why?

My mom and dad, because they presented goals for my siblings and me. They never over or underestimated us.

• What would you do if you won $1 million in the lottery?
I would set up trusts for my grandkids, make sure my kids were taken care of. I don’t need a million dollars to be happy, when there are so many who have nothing, so I would spread the wealth. There are needy organizations that need money and who use it wisely.

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